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A feisty young woman, for whatever reason, decided to organize domestic servants employed by Denver society women in the spring of 1916. Jane Street, not even a maid herself (despite what has been written), determined that a new union, under the umbrella of the Industrial Workers of the World, would better the lives of these women, many immigrant girls who had no other vocation or skills to support themselves. Jane’s cause likely aroused the ire of millionaire husbands who had to listen to their pampered wives’ complaints. Dealing with union workers in their gold and silver camps was one thing, but a labor conflict in their households was an entirely different animal.  Imagine house maids blacklisting certain tyrannical mistresses!

Why did I choose this subject?  For two reasons. The first is that my seventeen-year-old grandmother, Louise Peterson Little, was such a servant... 
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Virginia Woolf

"Meticulous research, forceful writing!"

- Western Writers of America

​​​​​​​​​​​​Franklin Henry Little (1878–1917), an organizer for the Western Federation of Miners and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), fought in some of the early twentieth century’s most contentious labor and free-speech struggles. Following his lynching in Butte, Montana, his life and legacy became shrouded in tragedy and family secrets. In Frank Little and the IWW, author Jane Little Botkin chronicles her great-granduncle’s fascinating life and reveals its connections to the history of American labor and the first Red Scare.  Click here to read more.​​

"Although family history is sometimes looked down upon by professional historians, Botkin demonstrates that this genre of history can be both scholarly and an intimate, compelling story." 

—Greg Hall, Eastern Illinois University, Missouri Historical Review, January 2018

PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS ONLINE

May 4, 2017  DEAR TEXAS RADIO, Interview, DEAR Texas, Inc.,  click
https://soundcloud.com/deartexasradio/dear-texas-radio-show-with-jane-little-botkin

July 12, 2017 NPR recording regarding the Bisbee Deportation that used small parts of my presentation, click http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/07/12/bisbee-arizona-mining-deportation

October 5, 2017 Video presentation at Montana Historical Society, click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5dUdOyIde0

Background Watermark Photo: from Frank Little and the IWW:  The Blood That Stained an American Family, Courtesy of Harper Family Papers 

Harper Boarding House, Alice, Colorado

A famous quote best describes the written lore of Lawman Hank Boedeker:  "When confronted with the truth or the legend, print the legend."  Though not much is in print about Henry E. Boedeker, during the 1950s, campfire stories embellished tales of well-known past residents including Marshal Boedeker to impress visiting dudes at ranches across western Wyoming. Most specifically, he was reported to be more than an associate of Butch Cassidy's, whose own history is so thick with folklore, it takes a machete to cut through to the truth.​ Boedeker did escort an unmanacled Cassidy to Laramie's federal penitentiary. The exception to Hank Boedeker’s own apocrypha is a common narrative regarding a poster that the Winchester Repeating Arms Company distributed nationally in 1904, after its original presentation at the St. Louis World's Fair.   That, and Hank Boedeker is my grandsons' third great-grandfather.  Click here to read more.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Frank Little and the IWW : The Blood That Stained an American Family [University of Oklahoma Press, 2017], author, western labor history

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​Ever since I was a little girl, I've been enthralled with my family genealogy, especially relating to western history.  Immigrants, Oklahoma eighty-niners, Klondike gold-seekers, miners, unionists, cowboys, fearless women, and American Indians are all part of my DNA.  Like most family stories that have been stretched via ancestral tongues, family anecdotes lose some of their reliability. But there is always a seed of truth.  Delving into the gift of my ancestry, searching for truth, discovering historic connections, writing nonfiction with texture, and then contributing to scholarly knowledge and readers' pleasure is the joy of my life.



Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works." 

Jane Little Botkin 

Award-Winning Author​


EMAIL :  jane@janelittlebotkin.com